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Greg's writeup and your commentary prompted this post. Any perspective you have would be great. @Matt
, I can't wait for the wheels like the ones you mention to flood the market. I rode the Enve 4.5AR wheels this year. Amazing, but I hate the taping. Sold them to bank the money for a new frame soon. Any other wheels I should consider? Mostly, I'd like some fast race tires for my gravel riding.... 95% of my time is spent on gravel, so I'll never go back to tubes, save for emergency spare.
Raced 43mm Panaracer GravelKing SK (the small knobby pattern, but no side knobs) last year. Fastest in several of my own tests. But in any type of moisture on the dirt, I swear they feel like velcro.
This year: I would possibly try either the long in the tooth Specialized Trigger Pro 2bliss, or the Challenge Gravel Grinder. Any perspective? I know I want the most supple of the Challenge that's still tubless compatible. The Specialized is heavy, but super durable and very popular in the races, so I assume it's fast, but the cousins to that tire got refreshed last year while the Trigger Pro is now a few years old. Any other ideas?
The amazingly supple Compass smooth file treads get great speed/resistance reviews on gravel, but on my roads, I'm scared to spring for them to find they don't work????? I do understand their claims that knobby doesn't help overall speed on loose gravel (a la Rally racing) but damned if my older Kendas with knobbies on each side don't corner alot harder and shure footed than the panaracers without. Dirt hardpack, alternating loose gravel/sand coating, plenty of uneven washboard, and always lots of loose stuff on the corners. These are car traveled roads, not single or dual track paths. I'm happy to buy 2 different tires and test them both/alternate through the year maybe, but that's it. I was hoping you guys could cut down my test time.